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Winston's Wish Wigan - Save our centre

Winston's Wish wants to re-instate the only dedicated children's bereavement support centre in Wigan and the Greater Manchester area. Despite high demand for the services large scale funding cuts have forced the centre to close. Winston's Wish is fighting for funding to re-establish services.

May 2013 - April 2014

Charity information: Winston's Wish

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  • Need


    Winston's Wish wants to stop the closure of the only dedicated children's bereavement support centre in Wigan. Hundreds of children a year were referred to the centre but in a tough economic climate where large scale funding is getting harder & harder to find, demand proved too great on the centre's limited resources and it was forced to close.


    Recognising the huge need for the centre, Winston's Wish have taken it over and is fighting for funding to re-establish services in the area.
    20 years of experience has allowed Winston's Wish to create the UK's leading bereavement support services for children, helping thousands a year. We plan to replicate these in the Wigan Centre, creating a professional, sustainable form of delivery.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Raise an additional £10,000 by the end of June 2013.


    » Invite local community, corporates and volunteers to donate and support the appeal

    What success will look like

    Services will be re-established with 2 full time Practitioners who will deliver all of our support services (a Drop-In service and in-depth support over an average of 52 weeks).

  • Impact


    Our aim is that after receiving this support every child will have increased confidence, built self esteem & have learnt ways in which to cope with their emotions. They will have reduced feelings of isolation & most of all feel more happy and positive about the future. The Practitioners will liaise with other key agencies in the child’s life, e.g. school or social services, advising them of the child’s needs & how best to help. In this way we ensure that support continues beyond Winston’s Wish.


    There is a risk that insufficient response is generated from the local community. We have dealt with this by having our Wigan team contact all existing volunteers & previous donors & supporters. To attract new supporters there is a wide media/promotion campaign including 'Meet-the-team' sessions, local media coverage, local tour of our mascot Winston Bear raising awareness in all key local landmarks. Trust and Grant funding has also been applied for and will bolster the appeal.


    We will report to our donors in a variety of ways; through our monthly enewsletters which goes out to all our supporters as well as through our social media sites. In addition we have open drop in sessions at the centre where the local community can see updates on the project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £113,320

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      Amount Heading Description
      £77,870 Project delivery costs Delivery costs - phase 1 & 2
      £7,624 WW core support costs WW core support costs - phase 1 & 2
      £27,826 Core staff support costs WW core staff support costs - phase 1 & 2

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Community donations £10,859 Guaranteed
  • Background


    There are currently no children's bereavement support services operating in Wigan due to the centre's closure. There are £66,000,000 of local council cuts planned in the Wigan Borough as well. These will impact on The Child Services Team and counselling services specifically, meaning that finding any support at all will be very difficult.

    We want to provide the support these children deserve to prevent the life long mental, social and professional consequences unsupported grief causes.


    We will support 100 children & their families every year to cope with the death of a parent or sibling. Childhood bereavement has been linked to antisocial behavior, youth offending, mental health issues & more. We deliver in-depth support to prevent these damaging life-long consequences. There is currently no bereavement service in the area & with £66,000,000 of planned Council cuts there will be even less statutory counselling services to support children & their families in their time of need

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    20 years of experience has allowed Winston's Wish to create the UK's leading bereavement support services for children, offering the widest range of practical support and guidance not just to thousands of bereaved children a year, but also to their families and professionals.
    We plan to replicate these in the Wigan Centre, creating a professional, sustainable form of delivery.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Senior Practitioner_ Looking For Funding In Order To Recruit

    Practitioners will help children & their families cope with grief day to day, remember the person who has died & manage difficult feelings & behaviors


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